Facebook has introduced yet another program that helps to keep people in touch during this social distancing period. This time, it is an audio-only calling app called Catchup, developed by Facebook’s NPE Team. The app has a unique feature of showing when a user is available to take calls.
Users on Catchup can make calls 1-on-1 or group calls with up to 8 people. Creating a group is extremely simple and starting calls is a one-button tap.
Another feature in this app is that it uses the user’s phone contacts instead of their Facebook contact.
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This means a user can call anyone, including people who do not have any Facebook account.
Talking about the app’s uniqueness, Facebook is trying to solve the issue of people hesitating to call their friends and family because they are worried about disturbing them.
The app solves this by indicating who is ready and available to take calls right in the opening screen of the app.
Based on our studies, we found that one of the main reasons people don’t call friends and family more frequently is that they don’t know when they are available to talk or are worried they may reach them at an inconvenient time. Says Facebook.